Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite New Adult author and there are some of her books I haven’t read, others that I was not a big fan of. Confess is one of the ones I really enjoyed when I first read it in 2015. When I heard it was being made into a TV show, I decided to read it again and I must admit I didn’t like it as much as I did the first time round. But I was still excited about the TV show because I just realized I love adaptations so much regardless of how crappy it turns out.
Let’s start with the fact that the show is not available internationally yet. They keep posting snippets of each episode on YouTube which is crappy because you have to wait days to watch the next 6 minute bit. Seriously? What’s the point even? Those were the first things that irritated me but I had to watch it and I did eventually.
The entire show was short, probably a little over two hours but manageable to watch in one sitting. That was great because I didn’t have to stretch it out. I like binge watching but most of the time there is no time to binge watch. Reason why I still have not watched 13 Reasons Why.
Now, the show was obviously a low budget show with all the episodes being available on a free app. That already made me go into it ready for something chilled out. And it was chilled out, so chill it felt like a Hallmark movie.
I loved seeing the artwork by Danny O’Connor, the interpretations of the confessions live on screen was pretty awesome. And that’s the awesome thing about Colleen Hoover’s books, when they center on the arts, she uses real stuff from real people who compose or draw for her work. Like in Maybe Someday with Griffin Peterson and Confess with Danny O’Connor.
Making LA the base of the gallery also made sense because I assume arty people would be in high population there than in Texas. Just an assumption. They also in cooperated social media into it which was used to explain how Owen’s gallery got famous.
The actors who played the main characters had a very cringy chemistry. I liked Ryan Cooper as Owen but I had issue with Katie Leclerc as Auburn which is weird because I found her acting great in Switched at Birth. But her reactions just seemed disingenuous at times. Her relationship with the son and the way she talked to him was just wrong. The revealing of the son did not have a shock value in the show as it did in the book. They got rid of the Target scene! Some changes like her occupation did not really bother me.
But they ruined Owen Cat! WHY?
Emory’s character was made so basic. She became that generic best friend in every movie which sucked.
It was an okay show, decent enough but not that great. If you are a Colleen Hoover fan, you won’t be too clammy while watching it. I know my sister was not having it at all.